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Model C

Jerry Auerswald
Prince Rogers Nelson American

Not on view

Prince carefully designed his performances so that every element, from costumes and choreography to the look and sound of his instruments, was consistent with his artistic vision. This futuristic guitar was a gift from German princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis around 1986. Prince used it to record the majority of Sign o’ the Times (1987) and played it on his 1987 tour. It appears in the video for “Alphabet Street” (1988) and in a concert film from the Lovesexy tour (1988–89).

Technical Description:

One-piece maple body and neck; 24 ¾ in. scale; white finish; integral “headless” neck connected to extended lower body horn; active EMG single coil & humbucking pickups, 3-way selector switch, volume & tone controls; gold Auerswald locking vibrato and nut with tuners at bridge, gold knobs

Model C, Jerry Auerswald, Maple, metal, plastic

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